Tuesday, August 16

Keys to the NY Rangers winning one in Carolina

RALEIGH – What’s more exhilarating for an athlete: Having the home crowd erupt after a crucial play in a big game? Or making a hostile crowd fall silent on the road?

“Obviously, I would like to hear a sold-out Garden,” Mika Zibanejad said Wednesday. “That Game 7 (against the Pittsburgh Penguins on May 15) was unbelievable, but it’s a pretty good feeling to hear a quiet away building, as well.”

The New York Rangers are hoping for the latter Thursday, when they’ll travel to Carolina for Game 5 of their second-round playoff series.

The Hurricanes are 6-0 at PNC Arena this postseason, winning all four against the Boston Bruins in the first round before taking the first two against the Blueshirts last week.

“It’s loud,” Rangers forward Tyler Motte said. “They play really well there. They come out with energy, as we saw in Games 1 and 2. They can play a dynamic style. They can also try and play a physical game, as well. But they just play really well in that building and we’ve got to match that intensity.”

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While the Canes been excellent on home ice, they’ve yet to win on the road. The Rangers captured Games 3 and 4 at Madison Square Garden to even the series at two games apiece.

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